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Cold weather alert issued by PHE

Public Health England

January 25
17:26 2021

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Public Health England (PHE) has issued a cold weather alert for Tuesday 26 January across most of the country.

Severe cold weather is expected in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, Southeast England and London.

The Met Office has forecast widespread low temperatures, overnight frosts, scattered wintry showers and a risk of ice.

As cold weather alert thresholds continue to be met for a further period, Dr Owen Landeg, a Principal Environmental Public health Scientist atPHE, said:

Keep looking out for frail or older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or with a serious illness. Make a call, or socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to try to heat their home to at least 18C and to wear shoes with a good grip if they need to go outside. Its also important to check that they have enough food and any medicines they need.

If you have experienced flooding, its important to avoid using petrol, diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors because carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases can be deadly.

Flooding can significantly disrupt peoples lives and its normal to feel anxious, tired and have difficulty sleeping. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the situation, talk to friends, family, neighbours or community support groups. If these feelings persist, contact yourGPor NHS 111 for advice. The National Flood Forum can also provide valuable support to those affected.

Keep updated on the weather forecast and news on the Met Office and Environment Agency websites.

Refer to the Cold weather plan for England which includes resources and advice on the concurrent risks of cold weather and COVID-19, for advice on how to keep warm and keep well during winter, and visitPHEs flooding page for health information for flooding events.

Previous updates

Friday 22 January 2021

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a new cold weather alert for all regions of England from 9am on Friday 22 January until midnight on Monday 25 January.

A cold period with north-westerly winds is easing into the weekend, allowing overnight frosts to become widespread.Certain areas have now flooded and there are increased warnings in certain areas.

With combined risks to health from the impacts of cold weather and flooding,PHEis issuing advice on staying safe and checking on others.

Dr Owen Landeg, a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist at PHE, said:

Keep looking out for frail or older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or with a serious illness. Make a call, or socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to try to heat their home to at least 18C and to wear shoes with a good grip if they need to go outside. Its also important to check that they have enough food and any medicines they need.

Flooding during the very cold weather can exacerbate the risks to health. If you experience flooding, its important to avoid using petrol, diesel generators or other similar fuel-driven equipment indoors because carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases can be deadly.

Flooding can significantly disrupt peoples lives and its normal to feel anxious, tired and have difficulty sleeping. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the situation, talk to friends, family, neighbours or community support groups. If these feelings persist, contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice. The National Flood Forum can also provide valuable support to those affected.

Keep updated on the weather forecast and news on the Met Office and Environment Agency websites.

Refer to the Cold Weather Plan for England which includes resources and advice on the concurrent risks of cold weather and COVID-19, for advice on how to keep warm and keep well during winter, and visitPHEs flooding page for health information for flooding events.

Thursday 21 January 2021

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a cold weather alert for all regions of England from 9am on Thursday 21 January until 9am on 25 January.

Storm Christoph continues to bring severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow. Certain areas have now flooded and there are increased warnings in certain areas.

With combined risks to health from the impacts of cold weather and flooding, PHE is issuing advice on staying safe and checking on others.

Dr Owen Landeg, a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist at PHE, said:

Keep looking out for frail or older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or with a serious illness. Make a call, or socially distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to try to heat their home to at least 18C and to wear shoes with a good grip if they need to go outside. Its also important to check that they have enough food and any medicines they need.

Flooding during the very cold weather can exacerbate the risks to health. If you experience flooding, its important to avoid using petrol or diesel generators, or other similar fuel-driven equipment, indoors because carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases can be deadly.

Flooding can significantly disrupt peoples lives and its normal to feel anxious, tired and have difficulty sleeping. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the situation, talk to friends, family, neighbours or community support groups. If these feelings persist, contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice. The National Flood Forum can also provide valuable support to those affected.

Keep updated on the weather forecast and news on the Met Office and Environment Agency websites.

Refer to the Cold Weather Plan for England which includes resources and advice on the concurrent risks of cold weather and COVID-19, for advice on how to keep warm and keep well during winter, and visitPHEs flooding page for health information for flooding events.

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a cold weather alert for first thing Thursday 21 January to 9am on Monday 25 January for the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The Met Office has forecast that the arrival of Storm Christoph will bring severe cold weather with icy conditions and heavy snow. In addition, public health risks will be amplified by the risk of flooding across the same regions during this time. As the storm clears the risk of cold weather is expected to increase in northern parts of England into the weekend.

With combined risks to health from the impacts of cold weather and flooding, PHE is issuing important health advice to local partners and the public on staying safe and checking on others.

Dr Owen Landeg, a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist atPHE:

Keep looking out for frail or older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or with a serious illness. Make a call, or socially-distanced doorstep visit if they live close by, to remind them to try to heat their home to at least 18C, 64.4 Fahrenheit and to wear shoes with a good grip if they need to go outside. Its also important to check that they have enough food and any medicines they need.

Flooding during the very cold weather can exacerbate the risks to health. If you experience flooding, its important to avoid using petrol or diesel generators, or other similar fuel-driven equipment, indoors because carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases ca

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